Warmer weather means mosquitoes: Here's how to deal with them

Spring is in the air, and that means warmer temperatures and unfortunately-- mosquitoes.

Mosquito season started last month and the critters are out in full force. Mary Morcillo says she's seen larger mosquitoes than usual.

“I've seen more than usual. They're bigger mosquitoes than I've seen before.”

Thanks to a mild and wet winter, Steve Hudak from Arrow Exterminators has been receiving more calls about mosquitoes. Mosquitoes love warm, moist environments.

Spring and summer in the Carolinas provide the perfect conditions for mosquitoes to breed. However, there are some things you can do to avoid those pesky mosquitoes.

Start by looking around your home and backyard. They love standing water and it doesn't take much to become a breeding ground.

In fact, “it only takes a bottle cap worth of water to breed hundreds of mosquitoes."

After heavy rainfall events, it’s important to let that water drain into the soil. Other sources of standing water such as kiddie pools, toys, and bird baths should be drained almost daily. 

When it comes to your home, another common breeding area for mosquitoes are the gutters. Gutters have water and foliage which mosquitoes love. Clear the gutters out regularly and make sure water properly drains in your yard. 

When you go outside, especially in the evening, use repellants or natural alternatives such as essential oils. Every little bit helps. Don’t forget your four-legged friends! Mosquitoes can bite them as well and transfer diseases. There are repellants for animals available at pet stores.

If you’re prepared, there’s no reason mosquitoes should ruin your spring and summer.